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Karasu - Part 2
The walk back to the temple was hurried. Nearly a hundred stone steps led up to the entrance of the grounds, each worn with age and lined with moss. Shichi had been expected to return before the evening meal, but most had already entered the dining hall. Only his mentor, one of the elders at the temple, remained outside.
“Ah, there you are,” she said, glancing up from her seat on the wooden stairs. She had been reading scripture by the fading sunlight. “I was beginning to get worried.”
“Master Sagiri,” he replied, bowing his head in apology. “Forgive me, I was distracted.”
“Surely your training all these years would have taught you to focus,” the elder tengu said, though her tone was light.
“I have no excuse. My mind tends to wander when I’m alone.”
“Tell your mind it can wander all it wants during meditation this evening.”
Shichi began to wonder if he was committing a sin by keeping his encounter
Human Nature: Chapter 5 It was a beautiful day in the park. The sun shone its rays down upon the families below as they spent their afternoon in the company of each other. A lovely vixen was following behind a young kit as he bounded through some of the taller grass.
Zor, what are you doing? The kits ear twitched at the sound of his mothers voice and he paused for a moment, but didnt answer. The vixen called out to him again, What are you doing?
The boy turned around and gave his mother a stern look. He put his index finger up to his muzzle, Shhhh! He hissed through is teeth, Im exploring unknown territory. Who knows what dangers there are? Make too much noise and you could attract a predator!
Oh! The white haired vixen exclaimed before lowering her voice to a whisper. She crouched beside the youngster. He watched
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